Meet Michael Munger

I put on my hip waders tonight for a stroll through the dark alleys of John Locke Land and found a whole new sideshow being built in the circus. It's like the Man Who Ate His Brain and the Hall of Mirrors all rolled into one, with the official title: The Faculty Affiliate Network, a John Locke Foundation Project.

The list of "faculty" in this so-called network ranges from hard-core Pope Puppets like Roy Cordato, to ex-pols like Jim Martin, to a host of NCSU professors, to a few people from Duke. One of the Dukies, Mr. Michael Munger, is mounting a run for governor in the Libertarian Party in 2008.

I first learned about Munger at Ed Cone a while ago, and since then I've spent a fair amount of time on his website. He's obviously a bright-but-misguided guy who cherry picks the best of Libertarian philosophy and packages it up into creative sound-bites reminiscent of George Bush gushing about all the happy people in Iraq.

As a Libertarian, my goal is liberty, a state in which individuals enjoy control over their own choices, and are responsible for the consequences of those actions, for better or worse.

In other words, mentally ill people can just rot in the streets.

And I would control the aggressive expansion of the powers of municipal governments.

In other words, planning is for fools.

Lower Drinking Age for 3.2 Beer and Wine to 18

In other words, "I haven't read any recent research about brain development in adolescents and I have no fricking idea what I'm talking about."

I would also favor relaxing restrictions on campaign contributions, though keeping the disclosure requirements as they now stand.

In other words, if something can be bought and sold, it should be. Rich people deserve to have more say than poor people, because, well, they're rich. (Also, I have no understanding of how badly the disclosure requirements that "now stand" actually work, nor would I fund enforcement of said requirements because I hate government and taxes.)

The way to attract new business, and to retain existing factories and jobs, is to create an atmosphere that is good for business. Low taxes, no burdensome regulations, and an educated and productive work force are the things that make an economy prosper.

In other words, I have no direct experience recruiting business anywhere for anything, but I have drunk a lot of kool-aid.)

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In his day job, Munger is the chairman of the department of political science at Duke. I don't cheer for Duke in general, but in this case I'm rooting for him. If he can get on the ticket and make a decent showing, Munger will peel off the lunatic fringe of the Party of Greed and leave Fred "the Asphalt King" Smith sucking wind behind Beverly Perdue. So get on over to his website and sign his petition so he can get on the ballot in 2008. Go Mike!

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Run Down the stairs of the Ivoy Tower and don't stumble?

So get on over to his website and sign his petition so he can get on the ballot in 2008. Go Mike!* A

Uh A! You forgot one thing about brother Mike. He is a Pope neo-con type of libertarian and jumps with the strings. Those Dookiee stick together. Brother Pope is a Duke law Grad..... When Brother Mike says to get the hell out of Iraq now and loads up the C-130s for instant exit. Than we might take him for real......After all, politics is a contact sport and when the other side says how nice you are and the mainstream media does not knock you, than you know it is simply a academic excise outside of the classroom. Socrates had this same problem until some Greek farmer said if you don't like it, run for Mayor of Athens and we academics know how that ended up in the name of Democracy.

Duke must be ashamed.

This is OUR Ralph Nader friends. We should not only support him, but do direct mailing for him. Let's buy microinfo for anyone belongs to the NRA in North Carolina and send them a card about this fella'.

I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for. ~ Thornton Wilder

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

spew...

I thought you photoshopped that hair...

I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for. ~ Thornton Wilder

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Ah thenk his har is reel nahce

sorter lahk a kurlee mullet...

Stan Bozarth

it all makes sense now

I was wondering why so many people who take economics/are econ majors at State were such crazy wingnuts. Apparently its because the entire dept is employed by Pope.

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"Keep the Faith"

Soon to be renamed

NCPU > North Carolina Puppetmaster University

Peee-ewwwwww! for short.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

how do you have a educated work force without schools?

I love the rebuttal to his platform.

Some of the Libertarian beliefs are good,
like leaving other countries alone if they
aren't bothering us.

But doing away with public schools,
doing away with social security,
doing away with public roads,

Nah, don't like that.

field of dreams

Art Pope is rewriting the movie.

Instead of "if you build it they will come" the new tagline will be "if a person wants to watch baseball then he will build himself a stadium and buy a team"

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"Keep the Faith"

Truer words was nevah spoke

Look for the Puppetmaster to be announcing his new expansion franchise in 2007. It will be called the Southern Pines Puppets.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

AKA

The Lonesome Pines.

For a minute there I thought that was a picture of Joseph Kennedy.

Does Perdue fear Munger?

Fear munger

Good one, Mr. Flynn. Just when I thought you had out-punned yourself.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

Thanks, Greg

Needed the laugh

I am NOT going to make fun of the hair. Not gonna happen. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Is he seriously

going to run with that hair??? And, more importantly, THOSE ISSUES!!!

I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for. ~ Thornton Wilder

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Robert . . . can you confirm that Verla

is NOT going to vote for Black?

(I know this isn't the right thread, but I'm burned out from all the angst tonight and too lazy to go find the right one.)

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

Well, I don't speak for her at all...

so i can't confirm it. The NCCDHC is having an Executive Board meeting tomorrow morning and if she is there I will ask her to make a public statement - how's that?

I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for. ~ Thornton Wilder

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

That would be perfect.

I didn't mean to imply you spoke for her, I just thought you regularly spoke with her, which might make it easy to pop the big question.

Thanks.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

Libertarians vs. Democrats

It's interesting, if you look at his issues page, I actually agree with much quite a bit of what he says, just not how he would change it.
I think this is why so many Democrats begin calling themselves "Libertarians", because they see the same problems yet want to avoid the icky "liberal" label, as Justin suggested elsewhere.

I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for. ~ Thornton Wilder

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Kos was on a jag for awhile about being

a libertarian democrat, though I couldn't quite pin it down in my mind. I found myself agreeing with a few of Munger's points as well. I especially like the libertarian view on cultural/moral/values stuff. It basically says, leave me the f*ck alone.

The problem is on the social and safety net side . . . and also on planning. These guys are fundamentally against zoning, for example. Plus they go ga-ga on free-market fantasies.

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“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.”
― Joe Biden

exactly.

I think the libertarian viewpoint makes Dems feel comfortable with their beliefs on social issues, without having to be bleeding heart liberals. I'd rather say that I'm a liberal and Libertarians and i happen to share the same views on social issues.

I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for. ~ Thornton Wilder

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I'll save you a seat in the bleachers, A.

I'll be the one with the rotten tomatoes.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

Now I remember


William Katt in "The Greatest American Hero"

Oh My, Greg

That isn't photoshopped? I guess everyone has a twin somewhere.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.